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Digital Summit and Membership Meeting on 6/1


The New Hampshire Library Association will offer a day-long Digital Summit and spring membership meeting on Friday June 1st at Hooksett Public Library.  With many more questions than answers about digital media and how libraries can respond effectively, this summit hopes to provide the latest information on digital content as it relates to libraries and new ideas about how to integrate digital media into your library resources and services.

Panels and speakers include:

  • Speaker from ALA highlighting the latest news from publishers and vendors of digital media
  • Cheryl Abdullah, director of the Dover Town Library (MA) – a finalist for Library Journal’s 2012 Best Small Library in America (“Small” in national standards is under 10,000 population; Dover has a population of 6,000)
  • Breakout sessions at lunch including OverDrive Advantage subscribers; eReader lending; NHDB leadership discussion; staff training ideas; and “I don’t want to talk about digital anything at lunch”
  • Panel discussion: How to Justify Digital Content in your Budget
  • Panel discussion: Beyond Downloadable Books

The membership meeting is extremely important this spring.  We plan to officially add two sections (YALS and IT), re-ratify our membership dues per our by-laws, and adopt a few by-laws revisions due to changes that have occurred since the last revision in 2006.

The cost to attend the day is FREE if you are an NHLA member and bring your own lunch.  There will be a $10 fee for lunch, payable upon registration, if you so choose.  Anyone with dietary restrictions should plan to bring their own lunch.  If you are not a member of NHLA and wish to attend, you can become a member when registering.  REGISTRATION FOR THIS SUMMIT IS REQUIRED EVEN IF ONLY ATTENDING THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  This is to ensure we have a quorum of NHLA members.

Registration forms will go out on March 30th, with a deadline of May 18th.  Mark your calendars for an information –packed day with your colleagues!

Libraries For Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 from ALA

Please join us for the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 : Feb 28, 2012  2:00-3:00 (EST) – Call to Action and Collaboration!

ALA’s Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years. Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes – plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

Hopeful outcomes: Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! – Sign up now!

Time permitting, please review Maria’s recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association (, which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE’s history and associated activities.

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Stay tuned for more webinars:

April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at or Beth FilarWilliams at

2012 READS spring roundtables

The spring READS roundtables, on the topic of continuing education, will occur at the following dates/locations:

Friday 3/30 at Rye Public Library

Friday 4/6 at Boscawen Public Library

Monday 4/9 at Weeks Library, Lancaster

How do librarians keep their skills current in the 21st century on a limited budget? Please consider attending one of these roundtables to discuss your continuing education concerns and/or to suggest free or cost-effective ways that you continue your own professional development.

The cost to attend the roundtables is $5 for a READS member, $10 for a non-member.  For more information and a registration form, please visit to download the registration form and obtain additional information. Registration deadline is March 23rd.


New section of Library Management workshop

Due to high demand for the Library Management workshop, NHLA has added another session of the class on Tuesday, November 29 at the Howe Library in Hanover.  The all-day workshop will be taught by Mary White and is $10 for NHLA members and $20 for nonmembers.  To register for this workshop, go to the following page and click on Reference:

NHLA/NHSL Fall Workshops

Seats are filling quickly for the following workshops, which are sponsored by NHLA and the state library.  If you have already registered for one of these workshops, please be sure to send your payment (made out to NH Library Association)  in order to secure your spot in the class.

  • Library Programming: All Ages–Thursday, September 22 at Pease Public Library, Plymouth from 10 am to 5pm . Instructor: Andrea Thorpe, Director of Richards Free Library
  • Library Management: Budgets, Personnel, Buildings, Governance–Tuesday, October 25 at Howe Library, Hanover from 10 am to 5 pm . Instructor: Mary White, Director of Howe Library
  • Collection Development: Nuts and Bolts–Wednesday, November 9 at the Local Government Center in Concord from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm . Instructor: Andrea Thorpe, Director of Richards Free Library

    These six credit hour workshops are offered at $10 for NHLA members and $20 for non-members. Registrations are limited to one person per library. If you wish to register, please visit the link below and click on Reference. You will be directed to a page that lists the classes. Click on the workshop (s) you wish to register for and on the following page, click on Sign up at the bottom of the page. Please complete the registration page. Be sure to hit “update” at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email if you have successfully registered. Please send your check for the registration fee as soon as possible to Ann Hoey at the State Library. Your check should be made payable to NH Library Association.

    To register, go to this link:
    If you have any questions, please contact Ann Hoey.

    Current Trends in E-journals, August 18th, Boston

    The Serials and Electronic Resources Interest Group (SERIG) of ACRL/New England Chapter invites you to join your Serials/E-Resources Colleagues from the New England area for a half-day program on “Current Trends in E-Journals” with three guest speakers at:

    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Griffin Building (6th Floor)
    670 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

    The program will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (continental breakfast and networking 9-9:30, program begins at 9:30).


    Lois Bacon, Director, Publisher Services at EBSCO
    E-Journals: The Vendor & Publisher Perspective

    Deborah Lenares, Manager, Acquisitions & Resources-Sharing, Wellesley College
    Alternatives to Subscriptions: Trial and Error at Wellesley College

    Janet Belanger Morrow, Head, Resource Management, Northeastern University Libraries
    Trends in Licensing and Related Copyright: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    There is no charge for this program but we ask that you register because space is limited and we need to know how many people to expect.

    Full information about the program, directions, transportation, parking, and registration:

    We hope to see you there!

    SERIG Co-Chairs: Helen Aiello, Wesleyan University and Margaret Lourie, Lourie Library Consulting

    Program Host: Joanne Doucette, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    2011 READS spring roundtables

    The 2011 READS spring roundtables will be taking place on April 5 (Wilton), April 6 (Franklin), and April 8 (Rye).  The topic is Purchasing and Weeding: How Do You Grow Your Collection.  Brochures are on their way to libraries via the vans, but you can also get more information and download the registration form on the READS website at  Cost is minimal — $5 for READs members, $10 for non-members.  Registration deadline is March 18th. This is a great opportunity to brainstorm with other librarians about collection development issues!

    Winning Library Grants

    *Winning Library Grants*
    March 1 – 31, 2010 (online asynchronous) $250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni price $200)
    PDPs: 15

    In these difficult economic times, grant research and proposal writing skills are more important than ever for librarians. Grants may be the only way you can address changing needs in your community while your library budget is flat or shrinking. This online course will introduce you to the grant process from beginning to end with an emphasis on planning successful grant projects, funding sources for libraries, researching grant opportunities, preparing winning proposals, and tips,
    techniques and proven success stories from all types of libraries. Course modules are designed to follow the instructors’ Grant Process Cycle model, which illustrates how grant work is ongoing and can be easily integrated into your jobs as librarians.

    Instructors: Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar are experienced on both sides of the grant process, having been grant reviewers, proposal writers, and grant project administrators. Stephanie and Pam co-authored the successful book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual for
    Librarians, and they write the Library Grants Blog, which lists grant announcements for libraries in one easy-to-access location. They have presented workshops on grants for libraries nationwide, and they are currently working on a new book, Winning Grants: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, forthcoming in 2010.

    For more information about our online workshops see


    For additional information or to register see or contact

    Kris Liberman ’87LS
    Program Manager
    Simmons GSLIS CE
    T – 617-521-2803
    F – 617-521-3192

    Free Webinar Trainings in December

    Thanks to Tom Ladd’s posting on NHAIS, here are titles of free webinars available in December. (Full details are at

    • Become a Librarian Grant Information Session
    • Running a Virtual Meeting
    • Library Computer Networking Q&A
    • Staff Day Success! Tips for Planning, Delivering, and Evaluating All-Staff Events
    • Connecting Kids with Great Websites
    • From Libraries to Lifebraries
    • The National Library of Medicine Gateway
    • Integrated Library Systems: Open Source and Customization
    • Digital Literacy, Digital Storytelling and the Role of the Academic Librarian
    • Writing a Library Behavior Code
    • Library Database of the Month: SIRS Issues Researcher
    • FiLBeRt Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Libraries, Books, and Reading

    If anyone attends one of these webinars and would be willing to write up a short summary of your experience, I will gladly post it on our blog.

    READS Roundtable 2009: Maintaining Library Services during Tough Times

    In a time when many libraries must find ways to trim their budget, what strategies are you using to continue providing the same quality of service to your patrons as before? Do you look to your Friends group? Ask for grants? Fundraise within the community? Have you found locals willing to provide programming? Are there businesses providing you discounts? Or are there smaller things we can do that will make a difference? Please join as at one of the scheduled round tables to discuss this topic.

    $5 for READS members; $10 for non-members.

    Registration deadline is March 16.

    Brochure and registration form (PDF)